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Chair's Welcome

Gary Desir, MD

On behalf of the faculty and trainees of the Department of Internal Medicine at Yale School of Medicine, I would like to welcome you to our website. We are eager to help you learn more about our department’s rich array of programs in research, clinical care, and education. As you read through these materials, I believe you will discover a department that is both inspired by the richness of its traditions and determined to meet the extraordinary opportunities that confront the modern Department of Medicine. Please contact us if we can provide additional information about our department.

The Department of Internal Medicine is among the nation's premier departments, bringing together an elite cadre of clinicians, investigators, and educators in one of the world's top medical schools. The department has over 1200 faculty members, and its training ranks include over 350+ residents and fellows. Among the faculty are members of the Institute of Medicine, the Association of American Physicians and the American Society for Clinical Investigation. The department is embedded in a remarkable basic science environment at Yale, with a collaborative culture that affords numerous opportunities for interdisciplinary and translational research.

The Department of Internal Medicine has an operating budget of close to $300 million. In fiscal year 2018, the department had externally funded research of $120 million and generated more than $74 million from fee for service clinical activities.

The department's faculty serve as attending physicians at Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) and the West Haven campus of the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. YNHH is a 1,541-bed tertiary care facility that is the medical school's primary teaching hospital. YNHH has over 12,900 employees, including 4,000 registered nurses and a medical staff of over 4,100. It treats 75,868 inpatients and registers more than 1.4M outpatient visits at its various clinics, including one-day surgery, specialty clinics, the Emergency Department, the Primary Care Center, and others. Yale New Haven Hospital has two New Haven-based campuses and includes Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital.

The VA Connecticut Healthcare System serves more than 300,000 veterans in CT and southern New England. The West Haven facility includes a 191-bed inpatient facility and an ambulatory care center and provides a full range of primary, secondary and tertiary care in medicine, geriatrics, neurology, psychiatry and surgery. The system overall has over 1,700 employees, a nursing staff of 400 and a medical staff of 450+. It treats 4,700 inpatients and registers more than 512,000 outpatient visits in West Haven and its clinics in New London, Stamford, Waterbury, Windham, Winsted, and Danbury. The West Haven campus of VA Connecticut has one of the leading research programs in the VA system and includes several national clinical research centers.